WHAT IS SNOWKITING?
Snowkiting is an exhilarating sport quickly gaining popularity across the snow covered regions of the world. It involves using downhill skis or a snowboard and a specially designed steerable kite similar to that used in kite surfing. The only thing you need after that is some wind and a snow covered open area.
The sport is easy to learn and appeals to people on many different levels. Getting out for a ride in some fresh powder away from all the crowds and lift lines will put a smile on your face that is hard to remove. You don’t even need to be in the mountains to do it, as any snow covered field or sufficiently frozen lake will do.
Perhaps freestyle aerial tricks with big hang time is more to your liking. This is one of the most thrilling aspects of the sport as the kite acts like a giant skyhook and allows you to land a lot softer than at the ski hill. Kites have even been used to pull adventurers and their gear on remote expeditions to the north and south pole, covering distances faster and easier than ever before. In the open back country they can be used to pull you up hill, saving you the work of skinning your way up and letting you focus on the enjoyment of the down.
Snowkiting is also a great and easy way to learn the kiting skills needed for other exciting kite related sports like kite surfing, kite buggying or kite land boarding. The best part of all is that once you have the gear there’s no lift ticket to buy, just get out there and ride!
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